Politics, as usual
Real quick, if you couldn’t tell, this post has absolutely nothing to do with gaming. It will be a political rant, however. You’ve been warned.
So, a couple of things have got me concerned about our current political situation, and I’m not just talking about Kim and Trump’s button sizes or what’ll really happen when their pissing contest escalates. Nope, I’m talking about states’ rights and treasonous activities.
AG Sessions released his memo today which backs away from the hands-off approach towards recreational marijuana that the former administration undertook. Basically, Sessions is telling US attorneys in the states were pot is legal to fully prosecute marijuana-related crimes. In the process, this new directive is telling states, “Hey, the Federal government doesn’t care that your citizenry legally voted something into law.”
It’s the evil marijuana, this time, but what’s next?
(CBS News reports that at one point in the last few years”[Sessions suggested] that it fell to Congress to change the classification of marijuana as an illegal drug if it didn’t want DOJ to enforce the law against it.” Very valid point, I’ll give him that, and one I actually support. Likelihood of happening? Unknown, really.)
Sure. I get that marijuana is still considered illegal overall by the Feds, but where does this new decision leave the places where marijuana has been voted into legalization at the local level? How will those states respond? If you read the linked article, you’ll see that reaction has been swift and negative, condemning Sessions’ missive as judicial overreach. I actually hope the states push back or, at the very least, the voters in those places send a message to Washington.
I also hope all of the Republicans who’ve been shouting about states’ rights and Federal overreach join the fray against this action. This is a prime example of what they’ve been arguing against for the last eight years every time the Feds enforced some new rule or policy regarding the environment or healthcare. They certainly made valid points in their arguments against Federal mandates.
Likewise, now, more than ever, the Democrats need to reach across the aisle to those very Republicans (if they are, indeed, in an uproar over the infringement) and join with them against this egregious Federal dictum. Would the current political climate even allow such joining of forces?
(Are the states’ rights folks really willing to go to bat for the cause if it’s about pot and its legality? The million dollar question, huh? I would. Marijuana helped me get through cancer. I was able to walk right into a store and buy it without fear of arrest. Yes, the drug has an intoxicating effect, but chiefly it allowed me to continue living while chemical poison was being pumped into my body to kill the life-threatening malignancy. I didn’t want to hurt anyone, nor did I become a drug-addled fiend.)
(Edit: New York has just asked Congress to act in passing a law which keeps the Federal overreach regarding AG Sessions’ memo from affecting states where laws have already been enacted at the state level. Of note, Democrats are behind this new legislative push, while the states’ rights advocates from the Republican side are silent…)
Now, let’s talk treason. Just a few lines, I promise. It’s about Bannon.
If you’re gonna go on record and say something which happened was treasonous, and that the FBI should have been notified, then why weren’t you the one doing the notifying? You had close, personal contact with this administration on a daily basis. If something went down that needed stopping by our premiere law enforcement agency, why wait to reveal such information in a book?
What’s to gain by waiting when we have everything to lose?